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Academy's continuing sense of obligation to speak forthrightly on this most fundamental problem.
Our work contains statements of opinion as well as fact. We have drawn freely from our contributing authors and from the literature. We recognize that we have a certain bias stemming from our Judeo-Christian tradition and that controversy can surround many aspects of population questions, but our goal has been to approach our subject in a spirit of detachment and humane understanding of the wide range of values with which different societies approach these great issues.
We have attempted to offer policymakers reasoned options and to demonstrate the qualitative as well as the quantitative dimensions of human population change. Current research is accumulating evidence that considerations of individual and family welfare have a direct and immediate impact on the fertility behavior of parents. Equally critical are the long-term considerations of the total number of people in relation to total food supply, resources, land, and the environment that transcend several generations, because they too must be the concern of the planner and policymaker today.
We believe governments need to understand that quantitative and qualitative population questions are bound to force a series of increasingly far-reaching governmental policy decisions and that the longer these decisions are avoided, the more difficult they will become. Our goal is to contribute to the scientific analysis and informed opinion that can lead to intelligent policy formulation and execution in both the public and private sectors.
The Committee
Roger Revelle, Chairman                                  Norman Ryder
Ansley J. Coale                                               T. W. Schultz
Moye Freymann                                              George Stolnitz
Oscar Harkavy                                                Harold A. Thomas
Hans Landsberg                                              Samuel Wishik
Walsh McDermott                                           W. Murray Todd, Staff, wide dissemination of knowledge, fi open discussion of available evidence, and dedication to expanded re